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Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Program - Tennessee

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Program - Tennessee CNA

The Ballad Health CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant) Training Program will present the basics of bedside patient care under the guidelines of federal and state requirements. Participants who successfully complete the course will meet criteria to sit for the state certification examination. This course if offered free of charge to participants.

Class Schedule



Course Requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Completion of the Ballad Health Pre-Course On-Line Assessment
  • Interview with Ballad Health Nursing Leadership
  • Completion of criminal/health-related board background check
  • Completion of medical screening (Please note: Ballad Health is committed to providing the best possible healthcare to the residents of the region. In support of this, it is the goal of the organization to offer a tobacco-free environment. A nicotine screening will be conducted at the medical screening appointment. A positive nicotine result will exclude an applicant from being considered for the course.) Flu vaccine is required and will be administered during the physical in order to complete Course Clinical Requirements. Flu Season is October through April unless otherwise instructed by MSH Infection Prevention.  

All requirements MUST BE MET to be accepted into class.


  • There are no charges associated with this course
  • The student will be required to obtain student liability insurance prior to attending clinical
  • The student will be reimbursed for this cost after completion of the course

Do I have to sign a contract with Ballad Health for taking the class?

There is no contract requirement to attend this course; however, it is our hope that you consider applying for a CNA position at Ballad Health. A recruiter will be happy to discuss with you employment opportunities within Ballad Health. For questions, contact our Human Resources Department Recruitment line at 1 (866) 894-7761 to speak with one of our recruiters about available job opportunities at Ballad Health. Students will have the opportunity to apply for vacant CNA positions after completing this course.

** Please note that effective 3/1/2013 tobacco users are not eligible for employment with Ballad Health facilities**

To apply for a CNA class

Follow the link below to complete the online application. When the application has been received you will be sent an e-mail acknowledgement with instruction on how to complete the pre-course online assessment. Please note that much of the correspondence for enrollment in this class is via e-mail, so please ensure you enter a working e-mail address carefully.

CNA Application »

Application Process

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Complete the online pre-course assessment. (E-mail instructions will be provided upon receipt of your application submission.)
  3. Complete the background authorization form and return it via e-mail or fax. (E-mail instructions will be provided upon receipt of your application submission)
  4. Wait for a representative of Ballad Health to contact you via e-mail with further instructions regarding interview appointment.   After acceptance in the interview process  you will be scheduled for the physical.

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Availability, Course Length & Location


Each class has a maximum of 50 students accepted to class. If more than 50 applicants meet the minimum requirements listed above, the 50 applicants with the top score on the on-line assessment will be selected to attend class. Completion of the minimum requirements is NOT an automatic acceptance into class. You must wait for the e-mail stating you are accepted to class. Acceptances are not typically sent until approximately 1 month prior to the start of class.

Course Length

This course contains 60 hours classroom time with 40 hours supervised clinical time to follow. Evening and daytime courses are offered. Please check the course schedule for upcoming classes.

Goals & Objectives

  • Safely provide basic hygiene and personal care needs of long-term care and hospitalized patients.
  • Demonstrate safe effective infection control practices with particular attention to the diseases of AIDS and Bloodborne Pathogens.
  • Demonstrate competency in assisting the patient/resident in elimination activities being mindful to provide for patient/resident dignity.
  • Discuss role of CNA in skin care activities with special focus on the prevention of integumentary breakdown.
  • Competently perform vital signs and distinguish normal and abnormal.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of pain being the 5th vital sign and discuss different pain management techniques and the importance of effectively controlling pain.
  • Prevent injury by utilizing proper body mechanics in all work activities with emphasis on safely moving and positioning residents/patients.
  • Properly demonstrate care and use of assistive, orthotic and prosthetic devices.
  • Define the role of the CNA and demonstrate specific performance skills in a safe and organized manner, providing competent care associated with the CNA scope and standards of care as part of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Document in clinical record, describing accurately specific tasks performed with patient response.
  • Describe functions associated with each of the following systems in regard to disease management and the aging process: Integumentary, Musculoskeletal, Digestive, Cardiovascular, Urinary, and Nervous systems.
  • Identify importance of Nutrition, demonstrating proper feeding techniques and incorporating strategies for promoting good dietary health.
  • Demonstrate care of the terminally ill patient and learn techniques used to better understand and respond to the dying process.
  • Discuss care of the pre- and post-operative patient.
  • Demonstrate the CNA’s role in assisting to making the admission, transfer and discharge process a smooth transition for the patient/resident and care team.
  • Communicate and effectively manage conflict with staff, patient, patient’s family and visitors.
  • Discuss patient’s rights, demonstrating the understanding of the uniqueness of the individual in regard to physical, cultural and psychological traits.
  • Provide care that fosters promoting quality of life to the highest level attainable for the patient/resident.
  • Attain AHA certification, including understanding and skills demonstration of CPR and FBAO for adults, pediatrics and infants.
  • Validate understanding of basic medical terminology and common medical abbreviations.
  • Verbalize knowledge of emergency codes and the CNA’s response to these codes in providing for patient/resident safety.
  • List and define the roles of the interdisciplinary team.
  • Describe a long-term care facility and discuss the reasons why people are admitted to long-term care.
  • Verbalize understanding of patient/resident individuality; including defining values, cultural and ethnical diversity.
  • Participate in loving care and explain the importance of the family and their impact in caring for the patient/resident.
  • Incorporate positive effective communication techniques while coordinating the care of the resident.
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of abuse and caregiver strain and discuss the importance of following correct procedures in reporting.
  • Discuss patient safety issues and provide examples of alternatives to the use of restraints.
  • Competently provide care for the cognitively impaired resident by seeking to understand behavior and responding appropriately with care methods that reduce effects of impairment.